By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Last season I thought I hit a gold mine. I was a member of the famed Hacker Football League and thought I had hit the jackpot. Arian Foster in the first round. Cam Newton in the second round. Maurice Jones-Drew in the third. It looked great, winning the first four consecutive weeks.
Then it all fell apart. I also took Blaine Gabbert thinking he would throw for 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns (I told Joe Cowart to bet on it).
I was severely wrong.
With the new toys in the garage at EverBank Field and the new game plan set to try and recapture the excitement this team had in its glory years, there are a few players to look at for fantasy football and some Jaguars gratification.
Maurice Jones-Drew: I’ll start at the top. If he can come back healthy he could run for 1,200 yards in this offense. I think the chip of MJD’s shoulder just got a little bigger.
Cecil Shorts: He should have been the first Jaguars receiver to top 1,000 yards if not for that concussion he sustained against New England. Look for Shorts to be the man again in the Jags offense on the outside.
Josh Scobee: We rarely talk about kickers, but Scobee is Mr. Money. Two seasons ago, he was arguably the second best player on this team. Take him in the late rounds.
Justin Blackmon: When he comes back from his suspension and groin injury, let’s hope we see the Blackmon from the second half of the 2012-13 season. If so, he will be a solid mid-round selection and could still have 1,000 yards and 75 catches on the season.
Denard Robinson: In leagues that count return touchdowns and special teams, Robinson could be a valuable pick-up. He is sleek and elusive. He just needs to hold on to the ball.
Marcedes Lewis: He looked better last year after a dismal 2011. Can he return to Pro Bowl form from 2010? If so, whoever is playing quarterback will be happy.
Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne: He is the skinny. You don’t know what you are getting. If Gabbert is Drew Bledsoe, then pick him up after the season starts. If not, leave him alone. Henne has the ability to throw for 300 yards a game, something Gabbert has only done once in his career. A toss-up, but also a decision you should not have to make.
Have fun with your Fantasy Football Leagues and draft wisely.
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